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League Two 2018/19: Outright Betting Tips

- 05:07, 30th July 2018
Notts County boss Kevin Nolan.

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Our expert Tom McGarry offers his League Two tips ahead of the new season.

League Two has proven to be one of the most unpredictable divisions over recent seasons but some teams appear ready to make their move this term.

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Kevin Nolan's Magpies looked on course to earn a return to the third tier last season after spending the majority of the campaign inside the automatic promotion positions, but they gradually ran out of steam, eventually finishing fifth before losing to Coventry in the playoffs.

That was Nolan's first full season as a manager and he is likely to have learned a lot from the experience.

The former Bolton and Newcastle star has revamped his squad and it appears he has made a conscious effort to lower the average age of his team, as that may have been one of the reasons they ran out of steam last season.

The likes of Shola Ameobi, Alan Smith and Nicky Hunt have all left the club during the summer and they have been replaced by a mix of youngsters and players that have proven pedigree in the division.

Forward Kristian Dennis is perhaps the most eye-catching arrival from Chesterfield, as he scored 19 goals in League Two last term despite playing for the division's bottom-club.

If he can replicate that kind of form with County then he could be the difference maker in what is already a good squad, as arguably the missing piece in the puzzle for Nolan's men last season was an out-and-out goalscorer, as none of their strikers managed to hit double figures in the league.

To Make The Play Offs

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There has long been a theory that the difference in quality between League Two and the National League is minimal and that has been proven over the years with the likes of Carlisle, Crawley and Bristol Rovers earning back-to-back promotions through the divisions.

Both Tranmere and Macclesfield are the two sides that were promoted from the National League last term and the playoff winners from Birkenhead are perhaps the best equipped to push for a top-seven finish.

The infrastructure and tradition is already there, with Tranmere's Prenton Park being one of the biggest in the division, while in manager Micky Mellon they have a man who knows what it takes to get promoted out of League Two, as he achieved that feat with Shrewsbury in 2015.

Mellon has moved to strengthen his defence during the off-season with experienced players likes Mark Ellis and Zoumana Bakayogo arriving at the club, but a lot could rest on strikers Andy Cook and James Norwood, who scored a combined 43 goals last season, but have little experience in the Football League.

To Be Relegated

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After performing the great escape to survive in the division in 2017, Newport surprised many last season, as they flirted with the playoffs before eventually finishing in mid-table.

However, it is hard to argue that the Exiles did not overachieve last term and it is difficult to see a repeat, particularly as they have allowed players like Frank Nouble and Ben Tozer to join rival clubs, while captain Joss Labadie left after opting to turn down the offer of a new deal.

Some experience has come in with midfielder Andrew Crofts joining from Scunthorpe, but at 34 and after hardly playing a first-team game last season, he may not have the legs to contribute enough.

Newport also won just four of their final 18 league games last season and if they start in the same vein this term then it could be a long season for Mike Flynn's side.

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